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Expect The Transporter to return to a theater near you at least three more times. Luc Besson’s company EuropaCorp announced at the Cannes Film Festival that it has partnered with Fundamental to co-finance, produce and distribute The Transporter 4, 5 and 6 as part of a three-year deal announced in July.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there’s no guarantee Jason Statham will continue to play the series’ title character. The three movies are expected to have individual budgets of between $30 million and $40 million. At least one of them will likely be shot in China.
With The Fast and the Furious franchise still doing well in theaters after more than a decade, it’s no wonder Besson is attempting to capitalize on The Transporter. He even tried to develop the property as a TV series, although interest in it quickly fizzled after its European premiere in 2012. It remains to be seen if there will be any interest for new Transporter movies, or if they suffer a similar fate as the TV show.
The first three The Transporter movies starred Statham, were produced by Besson and hit theaters in 2002, 2005 and 2008, respectively.